You will follow a programme that, alongside classroom teaching, includes lesson observation, training within a host school, alliance based training days and time spent at university. Our schools have a close working relationship with The University of Winchester and a proven track record of success in training teachers and this is reflected in the training that is provided.
The course prepares you to teach across the age ranges 11-16 and is structured around six modules - a combination of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in schools or educational settings.
You will undertake studies in all elements of secondary education; extend your knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. You will then apply these areas of understanding and skill to classroom practice throughout the year, including during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings.
Our School Direct trainee teachers generally spend Monday to Thursday each week in school with either in-school or university based training on Fridays. Some Fridays are given to preparation for assignments or self-directed study.
In the first half term after Christmas, our trainee teachers spend six weeks in a second placement school and you will be in school for five days per weeks for most of these.
Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and credits towards a Master’s Degree.
Assessment of your teaching will take place throughout the year. There are more formal reviews of your in-school performance though and these take place at the following points:
- at the end of the first full term
- after your second placement has been completed
- at the end of your second full term
- towards the end of the Summer Term.